BEYOND MEDS — ALTERNATIVES TO PSYCHIATRY — A RESOURCE
The archives of this blog now span close to five years. They are a record of a time in my life when I was learning and transforming at a rate unlike any other time in my life. I say this as a way of disclaimer. In the earlier years of this blog I am processing shock and dismay. In the early years I am undisputedly angry. I have worked out much of that and see things in a much less judgmental manner now. This continues to evolve. I sometimes want to take down old posts because they no longer convey how I feel, but I realize that they may still be helpful to people who are going through something similar now. The journey got me to where I am today, it’s just odd to have some of it in writing here for all to see.
I am someone with lived experience as both a mental health professional and someone who was once treated with psychiatric drugs. My experience as both patient and mental health professional allows for some interesting and sometimes uncomfortable insights into the mental health system in the United States.
This blog also deals in general with socio/political and spiritual issues as they pertain to mental health and human rights issues surrounding psychiatry. For additional collections of such themed posts look at the tabs on the top of the page. It makes navigating the rest of the archives much easier.
Brief note to my readers — why I’m not available for correspondence.
See also: Who is this site for – Readers share what Beyond Meds has meant to them.
This blog is, in part, a documentation of my journey off psychiatric medications as well as an introduction to alternative forms of care for mental health disorders regardless of whether one is on medications, off medications, or coming off medications.
This blog also serves as a source of critical information about psychopharmaceuticals.
Beyond Meds is not only for people who have been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder as the original URL seemed to suggest to some. As I say in my “Undiagnosing Myself” post I do not believe that the diagnosis of bipolar is terribly significant and I chose the original URL and original title of the blog to attract people who may have experiences like mine and believe themselves to be bipolar. (the current URL and title no longer reflect this, still many often consider, incorrectly, that this is a “bipolar” blog)
This blog may be appropriate for anyone with any psychiatric diagnosis. All diagnosis can potentially respond to natural treatments. It’s possible for anyone to consider life without medication. This blog is a contemplation about healing ourselves through means other than medication whether you’re on medications or not. And I might add whether you choose to stay on them or not.
The first three years of this blog included my own personal withdrawal story off of 6 medications. I finally freed myself from them on February 9, 2010 after 6 years of withdrawal.
Along with documentation of my experience this blog covers the journeys to drug freedom of many other people as well as information and resources about alternatives to standard psychiatric care. It also covers the news about drugs that allow for consideration of other options. Often drugs are most useful in crisis, but not for long-term care. Once one is aware of options one has a real choice. I didn’t have such information to make a choice when I entered the mental health system. It’s my hope that I can help people see that there are choices and alternatives.
This site is in no way intended to be someone’s sole source of information for withdrawing from psych meds or for taking care of oneself with alternative means. I speak only from my own experience and am not offering advice that should be taken without professional help. That being said there is lots of information here that one could take to said professional. It is an unfortunate reality that most doctors know next to nothing about alternative treatments for psychiatric distress. I’ve had to educate my psychiatrist along the way and am grateful for his trust and respect.
I’ve withdrawn from:
- 84 mg of Concerta
- 50 mg of Seroquel
- 200 mg of Zoloft
- 400 mg of Lamictal
- 11 mg of Risperdal
- 3 mg of Klonopin
***The information provided on this site is educational and not intended to replace any treatment prescribed by a licensed physician.
Everyone’s journey to wellness includes different combinations of healing and healthy lifestyle practices. No two of us are the same.
For an introduction to this site I’ll list the whole navigation system. For easy reference it’s always listed on the sidebar to the right here on the blog. I continue to work on presenting the archives in some sort of reasonable fashion for easy access. There are close to 3,000 posts on the blog now, many of which remain topical. It’s an ongoing job and some of it is always under construction.
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Recommended Books: (by no means is this an exhaustive list)
Visit the Beyond Meds BOOKSTORE
- Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry – Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann, editors (a collection of alternatives written by survivors of psychiatry)
- Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent – By Grace Jackson(for my own review and an excerpt from the introduction see this post)
- The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment - Joanne Moncrieff
- Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance By Loren Mosher (For the website describing the study and implementation of this wonderful method of healing see here)
- Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis – by Stan and Christina Grof
- Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill – Robert Whitaker
- Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America— by Robert Whitaker NEW – MUST READ and be sure to visit the tab with much more of Whitaker’s work
- Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Guide by Icarus Project and the Freedom Center (available free on the web)—a good place to start and bolster your research.
- Heather Ashton Manual on Getting off of Benzodiazepines (available free on the web)
- SEE HERE FOR MORE RECOMMENDED BOOKS
Books on Diet and Nutrition and Natural Healing: (they all are applicable to just about any mental health problem)
- Gut and Psychology Syndrome
- Depression-Free, Naturally: 7 Weeks to Eliminating Anxiety, Despair, Fatigue, and Anger from Your Life – By Joan Larson
- Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder: A Compendium of Nutritional Approaches(See all Vitamins & Supplements Books) – Eva Edilman and Abram Hoffer
- Natural Healing for Schizophrenia And Other Common Mental Disorders – Eva Edilman
- The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder – By Stephanie Marohn
- The Natural Medicine Guide to Depression – By Stephanie Marohn
- The Brain Chemistry Diet By Michael Lesser MD
- Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression – By James Gordon
Visit the Beyond Meds BOOKSTORE
(***To navigate the rest of the archives on this blog look at the list of pages at the top of the right sidebar)